By Kyle Harris, Westword | Denver artist Mar Williams’s 2019 gender discrimination lawsuit against Meow Wolf in Santa Fe District Court has been settled.
Meow Wolf is the Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment company that started as a DIY arts collective over a decade ago and has turned into a massive corporation with projects in multiple states, including a Denver facility slated to launch in 2021. But late last year, the company was hit by lawsuits from former and current employees in both Santa Fe and Denver.
Williams’s only comment on the end of the case: “It’s resolved.”
A spokesperson for Meow Wolf was even less revealing: “We are unable to provide a comment at this time.”
Williams was a Meow Wolf employee when they filed the suit; a source at Meow Wolf confirms that Williams is no longer working with the company. The terms of the settlement are private.
Meow Wolf’s Denver Director of Community Outreach, Zoë Williams (no relation to Mar Williams), also filed suit in Santa Fe District Court, claiming that the company was engaged in various forms of gender discrimination and harassment. Zoë Williams has not responded to multiple requests for comment on the state of this case.
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“I do have some hope that Meow Wolf does something to actually address the problems instead of just paying lip service,” Williams said when the lawsuit was announced. “Knowing what’s going on means Denver artists are going to be better equipped to stand up to them and get better treatment.”
Kyle Harris quit making documentaries and started writing when he realized that he could tell hundreds of stories in the same amount of time it takes to make one movie. Now, hooked on the written word, he’s Westword’s Culture Editor and writes about music and the arts.[Thank you to Alex Teitz, http://www.femmusic.com, for contributing this article.]